John 11:1-44 tells us about the story of Lazarus and his closest friend Jesus. A beautiful friendship that leads to a relationship between Jesus and Lazarus family.
Through this story, Jesus taught us a lot of lessons that could help us in our walk as Christians. We understand that God can create situations in our lives for the glory of His name and kingdom.
Trusting God is very important in our lives because all things work together for good to those who love Him.
These are some life lessons we can learn from the story of Lazarus in the Bible:
1. This Sickness is not the end of your life
Maybe you are sick today and thought that God has forgotten you, I want you to know that God is with you and your sickness doesn’t mean that it is the end of the road.
It might take longer than you think but know that God will glorify His name through your condition.
This is what happened in the life of Lazarus, as a close friend of Jesus, His sisters Mary and Martha informed Jesus that their brother was seriously ill, and expected Jesus to come immediately, but He sent His word to them saying this sickness will not lead to death.
Jesus was preaching out of town, and when he got word of Lazarus’s illness replied, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” John 11: 4 Then he stayed where he was for two more days.
2. Jesus is never late
Jesus loved their family and often spent time with them. We might expect that He would come running to help. But God’s timing is not our timing. When he finally arrived in Lazarus’ house, Lazarus was dead already and the sisters’ reaction showed that Jesus was late.
Jesus knew that Lazarus was dead, He tells his disciples plainly “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake, I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” (v14).
Likewise in our life today there is no worst situation with God , He can turn any condition around for the good of His people. You just have to believe in Him and know that there is no late moment with Jesus, because all things are possible to those who believe in Him.
Have you ever had an issue with God’s timing? We all do at some point. We think He is slow to answer, but we need to remember that He alone is sovereign, and knows what we need and when we need it.
3. The power of resurrection belongs to Jesus
Jesus didn’t say “I will give you resurrection”, He said, “I am the resurrection.” Martha responded saying Yes Lord. That’s the response Jesus hopes to hear from everyone when he asks us if we believe in Him.
Jesus went to the extent of weeping with the mourners because He saw them as His friends suffering in their grief and had compassion for them. He saw the punishment of death and grieved over it.
Today also, Jesus has the same compassion for us and we can go to Him with all our sorrow and frustration.
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe that today?